Virginia Beach Police will soon carry improved body armor in “every patrol vehicle and most specialty vehicles,” according to an ordinance passed Tuesday by the City Council.
The 258 vests won’t be “for every time we get out of the car” or replace the armor that officers wear daily, Lt. Johnny Gandy said. Instead, officers will don the vests only during high-risk situations that might include active shooters, according to the ordinance.
The vests will have more stopping power and provide better protection than standard vests, Gandy said. They will cost $80,000 and be purchased with money from a state and federal asset forfeiture fund.
Police Chief Jim Cervera said in a statement that the vests were requested to protect officers and to “sustain operational readiness in the event of a critical incident involving armed individuals.”